How to treat a wax burn in 6 steps
Waxing can seem like a fantastic way to get rid of unwanted body hair, but as with a lot of beauty treatments, it does have its downsides.
One of the side effects of waxing is the risk of burn, which can occur if the wax applied to the skin is too hot, causing a great deal of pain and unsightly blemishing.
If you’ve experienced a wax burn, follow the steps below for a speedy recovery.
1. Cool the skin
Submerge the burn in cool water, or allow cold water to run over the affected area for at least 20 minutes. If you’ve suffered a wax burn on the face, soak a flannel in cool water and apply it directly to the burn. You should allow at least five minutes for this process, but closer to twenty minutes will yield better results.
2. Apply ice
You must never apply ice directly to a burn, but instead, wrap a cloth or flannel around an icepack or ice cubes. The cloth should then be pressed against the burn, reducing swelling and soothing the pain.
3. Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe is the magic ingredient when it comes to treating burns, and every home should have some on hand. 100% pure aloe vera gel is the best option for treating burns, and it is important to find a clean, healthy product with no chemical additives. The gel should be gently dabbed on with your fingertips on the burn area and reapplied several times a day.
4. Bandage if necessary
To avoid infection, bandaging your burn might be a good idea, especially if it’s in an area that is susceptible to bacteria. If your burn is facial or simply too awkward to dress, make a conscious effort to keep any dirt or unnatural products away from it, and always keep it clean.
5. Treat the pain
Over-the-counter ibuprofen can not only eliminate pain, but also reduces swelling, and is a very effective tool in the treatment of wax burns.
6. Use SPF
Your skin is more sensitive post-waxing, so make sure to use a mineral sunscreen with a high SPF during sun exposure.
How long do wax burns last?
Minor wax burns and scars take between 1 to 2 weeks to fully heal. Fading may take a little longer if you have sensitive skin. Whether hot wax or cold wax strips were used, the risks and period of recovery are similar.
However, it is recommended to visit a beauty salon if undergoing hot waxing to ensure the temperature is optimal before application and avoid further damage to the skin.
Do I need to take extra steps if I have undergone facial waxing?
Facial burns are highly common, because the skin is more sensitive especially around the eyebrows and upper lip area.
For eyebrow and upper lip wax burns, it’s safe to follow the same steps listed above, however, avoid using skincare products which contain retinoids or acids, as these may aggravate the irritation and prolong the period of recovery.
You can prevent wax burns altogether by following these steps:
- Carry out patch tests: apply the wax on a small portion of thicker skin, such as on your arm or thigh, to ensure the temperature is just right
- Avoid waxing if you have a sunburn, wounds, or have been using retinoids or chemical peels
If you’re looking to get rid of unwanted body hair without suffering the consequences of waxing, laser hair removal is a safe and fast way to achieve smooth, beautiful skin. You will never have to worry about growing your hair out, burns, or the trouble of the hair returning shortly afterwards.
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